Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
‘Eat them now or wait for another year’ sums up the agretti affair. Depending on the weather, these grass-like leaves appear in greengrocers for six weeks or so every spring. Known as saltwort or monk’s beard in English, I stumbled across some in the last week of February, a whole month earlier than usual, “because […]
Fill your glasses this April as wine-centric events are decanted throughout the region. From exhibitions to tastings, winery visits and festivals, you’ll be saying cin cin to Tuscany all month long. Wine and art in the Valdarno The springtime exhibition Alchemies between Land and Sky. Wine Culture in the Organic Age at Il Borro […]
Topinambur is a beautiful word, conjuring up a wonderful world of princes and castles, unicorns and open-top silver carriage rides while snowflakes flutter on our faces. Then reality bites that the Jerusalem artichoke, as we call it in English, has nothing to do with Jerusalem and everything to do with mispronunciation. Also known as sunchokes […]
A treasure trove of artisan expertise and inspired marketing is concealed on an industrial estate in the outskirts of Campi Bisenzio, northeast of Florence. Giusto Manetti Battiloro has been beating gold into leaf for decorative purposes worldwide since 1820. It all began when Luigi Manetti bought a Florentine goldbeater’s workshop in via de’ Pescioni, near […]
Forgive me while I wax lyrical about purple potatoes—again. One lunchtime, my excitement at this tubular discovery resulted in my foisting violet mash on The Florentine’s team at our usually laid-back communal table. A native of the Peruvian Andes, the vitelotte noire have sunken their roots into Tuscan soil, in the Casentino. Oblong and knobbly, […]
How many times have you walked into a bar and drank a coffee even though it tasted rancid or was lacking in flavour? It’s astonishing how little we know about—and how little we appreciate—the world’s most important drink after water. Tommaso Bongini, master barista of Tuscan roastery Caffè Mokarico, explains the golden rules to making […]
From quidditch (!) to the council’s quest to ditch pesky potholes, the opening of two new tramlines, international volleyball and top global music acts, 2018 in Florence is set to be more eventful than ever. JANUARY Gucci Garden in piazza della Signoria Fashionistas and foodies are itching to check out the all-new opening of Gucci […]